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09 October 2009 @ 11:22 am

I came downstairs this morning and Ted said, “Guess who just won the Nobel Peace Prize?”

I stood there for a moment, genuinely trying to imagine who might have–Clinton? Nah.–and said, “I have no idea.”

Ted said, “Obama!”

I tell you what, I coulda stood there all day guessing and I never would have gotten it. I’m hornswoggled!

In other news, this morning I thought, hey, I’ll wear my sassy glasses this weekend, they’ll be cute with this haircut! So I put them on and took a look at myself in the mirror.

I will not be wearing my sassy glasses this weekend. o.O

Anyway, we’re off to Octocon in an hour or three, and I probably won’t be online again until Sunday evening. See you then!

miles to Morannon: 118.6
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(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
mela_lyn: Fail!mela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
I'm sorry... but what could he have possibly won the Nobel Peace Prize for? He hasn't done anything...
Janne: fishbikejanne on October 9th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Quoting from the link in the post:
"Asked why the prize had been awarded to Mr Obama less than a year after he took office, Nobel Committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said: "It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve"."
mela_lyn: Fail!mela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
*shakes head* It's ridiculous... he somehow won for his works and goals as a President when the deadline to be in consideration was 2 weeks BEFORE he was even sworn in. Conspiracy... I tell you.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on October 9th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
The peace prize is not about achieving peace, but working for it. I can see their logic in choosing him, even if he would not have been my choice at this point.

(I talk about it in my LJ -- won't clutter Catie's comments up when she's not around to moderate. *is polite*)
mela_lyn: Dr. Horrible Dancemela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
I responded on your post. :)
Jannejanne on October 9th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Minor clarification: The deadline for nominations is February 1st (according to http://nobelpeaceprize.org/en_GB/nomination_committee/selection-process/), the inauguration was in January if memory serves...
mela_lyn: Bucky - What Happened?mela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* He still hadn't done anything in his first couple weeks in office. :) I won't be convinced. Maybe if he won the 2010 NPP I could see it but this is just a little too ridiculous.

But thank you.
khrister on October 13th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
The decision to give him the prize wasn't until September though, so not quite THAT crazy. Still...

Oh, and Bush got nominated too...several times.
mela_lyn: Fail!mela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
I do appreciate you trying to help... but I really dislike my president.
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mela_lynmela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
More than this one... I voted for him to say the least.
mayakdamayakda on October 9th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Exactly my thought. Completely undeserved.
It's an insult to past winners who have sacrificed their freedom and their lives for peace.

I just hope that it somehow inspires Obama to live up to it.
mela_lyn: Bumble Bee & Purple Flowermela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
One can hope...
mayakdamayakda on October 9th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Or laugh hysterically, which is more my real reaction.
mela_lyn: Denial Animaniacsmela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to say it... I'm getting flamed enough today as it is. :)
Earth-bound misfit: O'Reilly?captainlucy on October 9th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
.. For not being Bush?

Seriously, though, although he may not yet have actually achieved anything (probably not helped by residual international distrust of the USA following the Shrub administration and the near-geological speed of Congress and Senate in approving almost anything) he has, at least to the rest of the world, been seen to want to use the might of his position to try to heal America's place in the world, to try to mediate and understand instead of Shock and Awe, to reduce the cause of conflict, to reduce the threat of TND while still firmly asserting that the use of terrorism is Bad And Wrong. Which is what the role of President of what is still the most powerful nation on Earth should be on the international stage.

As for the deadline being 2 weeks before he was sworn in? Well, we would need to know when he had actually been nominated, but I suspect that individuals or groups, perhaps buoyed by his victory in November, may have pre-emptively put his name forward. Yes, that's probably people buying into the hype before checking the contents, but if their nomination had been without warrant it likely would not have been shortlisted.

It's not the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for what is essentially a Work In Progress rather than for any lasting concrete progress - hell, we're 15 years down the line from Arafat, Rabin and Perez winning it and can anyone seriously say that there is peace between Palestine and Israel? 33 years ago, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams won it, and was there peace in Northern Ireland after that? In these, and many other cases, it was awarded to people for making the effort, trying to encourage others to make the effort, or simply for being inspirational. Or, as the Nobel Foundation itself says, "...for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
mela_lyn: Fail!mela_lyn on October 9th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
It's the whole '2 weeks before he was sworn in' that bothers me. He did nothing during the time period that the committee should be looking at. He would have been campaigning during that time. He shouldn't win for campaign promises.

Maybe next year or the year after... once he's actually done something to move forward (of which I have yet to see any real efforts)... but at least then he would be eligible.
Amberleyamberley on October 9th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Guess who won the Nobel Peace Prize?
I would have totally guessed Octocon and Pádraig! But I guess not.

It seems ridiculous to hand out a Nobel prize for things someone wants to do but hasn't done yet. But it's their prize to hand out as they like.

Is your haircut cute enough not to need sassy glasses, maybe? Have fun at Octocon regardless!
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on October 9th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I think the people who disapprove can take some solace in the fact that regardless of one's politics, it is hardly the most absurd Nobel Peace Prize they have ever handed out.

I think the story of the man, in December '00, describing the Central African nation where he coached soccer football, where he said in the previous month all the posters of Osama bin Laden had been taken down and posters of Barack Obama had replaced them -- that story is the sort of reason why he wins. Sometimes you win from what you do. Sometimes you win by who you are.

What Americans seem not be entirely clear on -- but should probably relearn -- is that it is not an American prize. It's intended to be a worldwide prize. I suspect that the world as a whole considers it entirely deserved and justified. I don't think we over here, separated by oceans as we are, always quite grasp how the rest of the world sees our president.

And while I celebrate this - albeit with a sense that it is perhaps premature - I will celebrate a lot more on Monday if that charlatan Fama doesn't win the Economics Nobel.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on October 9th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
okay, verb tense. And my strikeout tags seem not to have taken.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on October 9th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Actually, most of us here in Norway are also puzzled...
roseaponiroseaponi on October 9th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I think the rest of the world thinks the USA is so racist and trigger-happy that we just shoot non-white people on sight, and it's an incredible achievement for a non-white person to get elected in such a dangerous country. They now have hope that we might possibly learn to be civilized to people who are not like us...
If that's not what they were thinking, then I am officially baffled.